Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Izumo / Iwami Ginzan Area

  • Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center
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    4.0
    112 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Odashi Omorichou A) 1597-3
    This is a museum located in Omori Town, Ota City, Shimane Prefecture, introducing the history and mining technology of Iwami Silver Mine, a World Heritage site. The exhibition content is arranged in a way that is easy for both adults and children to understand, focused mainly on models, images and replicas. The permanent exhibit also features a diorama of the entire silver mine and actual silver ore that can be held. A limited guided walking tour of the mine’s largest tunnel “Okubomabu” is also popular.

    I spent 6 hours to go around the village and the former mining place. The village has 405 residents. The mining activities started from 1300s until 1900s. If you just look into that statistics and...

  • Nima Sand Museum
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    3.5
    55 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Odashi Nimachouamagouchi 975
    "This is a museum that displays the largest hourglass in the world. There is also a replica of a sand calendar, art works of sand objects as well as a science corner where there is a singing sand map of the world and sand samples from around the world. Many events are held and visitors can also experience glass craft. Many people visit on the 31st of December for the ""Time Festival"". "

    We bumped to this museum when passing by. It has kind of high entrance fee (700 yen / person). It is devoted to singing send and sendglasses which might be kind of interesting but there is no...

  • Shinjiko Nature Museum Gobius
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Sonochou 1659-5
    Shinjiko Nature Museum Gobius is an experiential-learning type aquarium that showcases the plants and animals that live in Lake Shinji, Nakaumi Lagoon and Shimane Prefecture’s rivers. In all, there are around 10,000 organisms belonging to approximately 200 different species. There is plenty for visitors to see, with diorama tanks that recreate the habitat of the rivers that flow into Lake Shinji and Nakaumi Lagoon, touch pools where visitors can interact with living creatures, etc. There are regular special events, including feeding sessions where museum staff members provide an educational commentary as they feed the exhibits. Shinjiko Nature Museum Gobius attracts large numbers of visitors (particularly families) throughout the year.

    Very nice nature center. Well kept building and grounds. Does a nice job of teaching about area wildlife. Has interactive stations. Everyone in our family enjoyed it.

  • The Izumo Museum of Quilt Art
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    4.5
    18 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hikawachoufukudomi 330
    Located in the middle of the Izumo Plain, The Izumo Museum of Quilt Art is Japan's only museum dedicated to the art of quilting. The exhibits are displayed in a traditional Izumo-style farmhouse building that was constructed 200 years ago. The four exhibition zones, the exhibits in which are changed every season, provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy viewing works by Ms. Mutsuko Yawatagaki (one of the most renowned artists of Japanese style quilting), as well as Ikebana (flower arrangements), Shitsurai (seasonal and ritual decorations), etc. The Museum also has a tea-house, café, and museum shop.

    This museum is well kept and staffed with very friendly people. The art is excellent though not enough on display. The setup is perfect to show off the quilts. However it is a long way from...

  • The Shimane Nature Museum of Mt Sanbe - Sahimel
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Odashi Sambechou Tane 1121-8
    At this well-equipped facility visitors can view planned exhibitions and a planetarium. The astronomical observatory has a 60 cm reflex telescope and Coude type 20 centimeters refraction telescope, and astronomical observation sessions are held every Saturday night. Reservations are unnecessary and reception starts 30 minutes prior.

    島根県にある三瓶山の麓にある自然博物館です。まず展示物の豊富さとそのクオリティの高さは圧巻です。また、小豆原埋没林の標本やプラネタリウム施設など、1日たっぷり楽しめる場所です。

  • Izumo Yayoinomori Museum
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Otsuchou 2760
    During the Yayoi period, huge Yosumi burial mounds were created in the Izumo region, which involved a considerable expenditure of time and effort. Nishidani Tomb No. 3 is an example of the perfected form of the Yosumi burial mound; the Izumo Yayoinomori Museum, which is located near the Nishidani tombs, shows visitors how the Izumo rulers were buried, making effective use of large models. The Museums’ permanent exhibition showcases some of the large quantity of earthenware vessels that were excavated from Nishidani Tomb No. 3, and also has displays on Izumo in the Yayoi period. There is an experiential activity area where visitors can try their hand at making Yayoi-style clothing and necklaces, etc.

    素晴らしいです! 弥生時代の出雲の歴史を時系列、遺跡別に見ることができますし、発掘された物も、再現された模型なども様々あり、理解が深まります。 そしてなんといっても無料なのがありがたい限りです。 出雲の歴史に関する書籍も多くの種類があり、貸切で見ることができました。 この博物館と、西谷墳丘墓をセットで見られることをおすすめします。

  • Izumo Science Center
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Imaichichou 1900-2
    This interactive science center is located in Izumo city, Shimane prefecture. You can enjoy learning science from a variety of perspectives thanks to the extensively diverse facilities—science hall with large screens, infrared cameras and digital stereo microscope, digital planetarium, and an interactive display plaza where you can touch the mysteries of science directly. Events like open experiments and interactive classes are held periodically.

    出雲市駅から歩いてすぐな場所に位置している君と笑顔の化学反応が発生している博物館です。小学校などなら研修にもおすすめです。

  • Shimane Hana no Sato
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Nishishinmachi 2-1101-1
    Shimane Hana no Sato is a park filled with verdant greenery, where visitors can view beautiful seasonal flowers. Besides the wide variety of flowers in the park—which include cherry blossom, peonies, hydrangeas, cosmos, tulips, etc.—there is also a children’s play area with lots of play equipment, making the park very popular with families. Visitors are allowed to bring food and drink into the park, and on days when the weather is fine it is a great place for a picnic.

    出雲市から一駅いった西出雲に位置している花と緑の楽園です。四季折々の変化をふんだんに楽しめますが、春がおすすめです。

  • Archeological Museum of Kojindani
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hikawachoukamba 873-8
    The Archeological Museum of Kojindani is located adjacent to the Kojindani archeological site; the museum was completed in 2005 to serve as the site museum. The Museum has replicas of the bronze swords, bronze bells and bronze spearheads that were excavated at the Kojindani site, along with explanatory panels, and videos showing documentary footage of the excavations, etc. Besides the permanent exhibitions, the museum also hosts lectures and special thematic exhibitions, as well as other special events such as opportunities to experience planting and harvesting ancient rice strains, etc. The museum shop sells a range of souvenir gifts etc. with designs based on the ancient rice strains, lotus seeds and bronze artifacts discovered at Kojindani; there is an impressive range of gift items that cannot be purchased anywhere else.

    博物館はあまり発見がありませんでした。 荒神谷遺跡のことを深く知りたければ、古代出雲歴史博物館に行かれることをおすすめします。 遺跡から発掘された銅鐸や銅剣、銅矛はそちらに展示されています。

  • Izumo Folk Crafts Museum
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Chimiyachou 628
    The Izumo Folk Craft Museum, opened in 1974, is housed within a renovated part of the traditional farmhouse of the Yamamoto family who are known to have been the wealthiest farmers in Izumo. The museum has on display a collection of pieces from all over the country with a particular focus on Shimane Prefecture which includes ceramics and lacquer ware used in people’s everyday lives, wooden items, textiles, dyed objects and metal works, etc. The Nagayamon Gate, built in the Edo period, was erected by the same master builder who constructed the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine. The main building is currently used as a residence and the rice granary and timber store, now display rooms, are of high historical value. The nearest station is Nishi-Izumo Station.

    A low-key, casual approach masks an utterly awe-inspiring collection of objects held in a massive traditional farm-house. Massive wooden chests, beautiful cloth and stunning ceramics are the...

  • Canoeing no Sato Ochi
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    Shimane Ochi-gun Misatocho Kame Mura 54-1
    A facility in central Shimane Prefecture on the Gonokawa River at the foot of Mt. Sanbe that provides access to a variety of outdoor activities. Besides canoe and kayak tours, you can try canoe building or making stone oven pizzas. Campsites and trailers are available for lodging. The half-day Gonokawa River tour is popular with beginners. The campground has toilets and showers and lots of rental gear available, so you can enjoy camping with ease. They also have an exhibit of canoes from around the world, making it a great facility for families and friends alike.

    今回、小型犬3匹を連れての旅行だったので、宿は半分諦めていましたが大人2人と犬3匹で5600円という破格の安さとカヌーに乗れるという事でこちらに決めました。 コンテナハウスは各自清掃して帰るという事であまり綺麗ではありませんでしたが、暖房もよく効いて床暖房も付いていて、この価格で近くの温水プールと温泉が無料で入れる特典も付いていて、大満足でした。 また、カヌー体験もスタッフの方が丁寧に教えてくれて...

  • Tebikigaoka Park, Kazenoko Gakushukan
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
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    Shimane Izumo-shi Takicho Kuchitagi 458-1
    Tebikigaoka Park is located about five kilometers west of Roadside Station Kirara Taki on National Route 9. Overlooking the Sea of Japan, there is a roller slide, athletic equipment, and a kids' play area. The community park is crowded with many families on weekends. The adjacent Kazenoko Learning Center was built in conjunction with the introduction of wind power generation to Taki Town. They hold various experiential programs that appeal to everyone from kids to adults including hand crafting workshops and nature walks.

    国道9号線をJR駅の横から上がった小高い丘の上に公園が有りました。何の気なしに大田からの仕事帰りに初めて寄ってみました。日本海の眺めが良かったです。

  • Kotobiki Forest Park
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Ishiguninanchou Sami 1151
    "This is a ski resort with seven slopes catering from the beginner to advanced skiers and a snow park and family kids park. Adults and children can enjoy skiing or snowboarding. A variety of popular ski camps such as the ""Daisuke Yoshioka Ski Camp"" and ""One Night Two Day Special Lesson"" are also available."

    地元産を始めとした食材を使った料理が美味しい食堂です。お米や新鮮な野菜、魚介類、お肉を使った料理が食べられます。

  • Marine Thalasso Izumo
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Takichoutaki 859-1
    At this facility, visitors can enjoy a swimming pool overlooking the magnificent view of the Sea of Japan with 14 types of attractions. There are facilities for seaweed mud treatments, aerosol spa therapy as well as restaurants and visitors can also stay overnight. Rental swimmers, face towels, bath towels and sandals are available, however, it is advised to bring goggles and swimming caps when swimming in the pool.
  • Izumo Yu Plaza
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Nishishinmachi 1-2547-2
    This facility offers a variety of pools such as 25-meter pool, an infant pool, and a flow pool etc. The indoor pool is open all year except year-end and New Year holidays. A variety of pool classes, yoga stretching and studio classes are also available. The pools are restricted according to height so please check in advance.
  • Hinomisaki Promenade
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachouhinomisaki
    "The area around the ""Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse"", certified as one of the ""100 World Historic Lighthouses"", is a recommended place for a walk overlooking the superb view of the Izumo Matsushima Islands and the beautiful sunset. It is also one of ""Japan's 100 natural locations"" where visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery. "
  • Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi 99-4
    This is a history museum located in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture. It exhibits materials highlighting the history of Izumo around the Izumo Taisha shrine, and the Iwami silver mine. This museum houses the 358 bronze swords, a national treasure, as well as bronze spearheads, and dotaku (a bell-shaped bronze vessel supposed to have been put to some ceremonial use) from the Kojindani ruins and 39 dotaku from the Kamoiwakura Ruins. The Uzu pillar groupings, thought to be from the Izumotaisha inner shrine dating back to mid-13th century and many other treasures are displayed. A miniature replica model of Izumotaisha inner shrine during the Heian period can be seen too. The museum also houses the Shinwa mythology theater, a cafe, and shop.
  • Tachikue-kyo Gorge
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Ottachichou Hisashi Hisayoshi 5263-14
    This roughly two-kilometer gorge is along the upper reaches of the Kobe River in Shimane Prefecture. The lovely scenery you observe from the banks of the river was carved out of the area's andesite surface stone by the flow of the water over the eons. There are about ten distinctive rock formations with names like Byobu-iwa, Tengu-iwa, and Shinki-iwa. You'll find promenades, suspension bridges, rest facilities, and lookouts along the river, offering a variety of spectacular views. Near Mt. Tachikue's Reikoji Temple, there are images of Buddhism's five hundred arhats carved from the bedrock.
  • Mt. Sanbe Kitanohara Camp Site
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    Shimane Oda-shi Sanbecho Tane 1121-1
    A 30-minute drive from Odashi Station on the San-in Main Line and a 45-minute drive from the Yoshida-Kakeya Interchange on the Matsue Expressway. Sprawling at the northern foot of Mt. Sanbe, one of this campground's biggest features is the fact that you can choose from among four different camping locations. There's a auto campground where you can drive your vehicle right up to your tent, perfect for beginners; a general campground recommended for those looking to fully enjoy roughing it in the great outdoors; cabins equipped with a variety of amenities; and bungalows where campers can stay with their dogs. Visitors can also make a campfire, try a fun obstacle course, and go barbecuing. Note that in winter a portion of the campground's facilities are closed.
  • Lake Shinji Park Koyukan
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    Shimane Izumo-shi Sonocho 1660-1
    An ice skating rink located in Sono-cho, Izumo City. Boasting one of the largest rinks in the San'in area, during the off season from June to August, the facility is also for tennis, table tennis, three on three basketball, and other indoor sports; and as a venue for exhibitions and other events. The facility is also adjoined by a facility for canoeing, yachting, and other water-based sports; a multipurpose ground; and barbecue house.

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What Shimane prefecture lacks in size and population, it makes up for in scenery and ancient mythology. Izumo-taisha, in the middle of the prefecture, is said to be Japan's oldest Shinto shrine, where stories that delve into the creation of the Japanese race have been passed down over centuries. The 180 Oki Islands, a 40-minute ferry ride north of Sakaiminato, offer an undiscovered paradise well off the beaten track.

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